ANN ARBOR – Most Michigan residents say climate change is happening and it will harm people in the United States — just not them personally, according to new polling data.

It’s a “stunning” gap, said Jennifer Marlon, a lead researcher on the project, by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication.

The Yale research group annually estimates public opinions about climate science for every county in the United States using a decade of data and statistical modeling.

The group’s 2019 findings on public sentiment show broad concern among Michigan adults about climate change, if slightly less than the level of concern expressed by people nationally.

The majority of residents surveyed in every Michigan county (rural, urban, Democrat, and Republican alike) say they believe in and are worried about climate change.

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